Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Soul Song's Mirror: A Phenomenological Journey of Alternative Methodologies and Universal Healing for Trauma
by Gilmaher, Tara, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2016, 72; 10113370
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis combines alchemical hermeneutic and participatory phenomenological methods to study the synchronicity of spontaneous trauma healing through reparative heart-centered attachment, group, and psyche work. It seeks to identify the archetypal, shamanic, noetic, mythopoetic, and psychodynamic power of groups to transform traumatic wounds—in light of Donald Winnicott’s “good enough” and somatic gestalt concepts—into altruistic, compassionate, mindful acceptance, and resiliency. It explores ideas of healing through examining the history of trauma, the effects of trauma on attachment and relational behaviors, neuroscience, universal ideas of compassion, mindful awareness, yoga, and meditation. The author immersed herself in different groups and self-healing practices and then processed her experiences through Jungian, psychoanalytic, somatic, depth, spiritual, meditation, and traditional lenses as described by Carl G. Jung, Donald Kalsched, Bessel van der Kolk, Peter Levine, Joseph Campbell, Andrew Solomon, and Mary Main.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Dominguez, Alonso
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 55/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Counseling Psychology, Clinical psychology, Spirituality
Keywords: Alternative, Archetype, Campbell, Joseph, Healing, Trauma, Women's studies
Publication Number: 10113370
ISBN: 978-1-339-76479-5
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